CUUG Talk on Cloud Computing

I’ll be giving a talk at the February 22, 2011 Calgary Unix User’s Group (CUUG) meeting, updating my previous talk to CJUG two years ago. Cloud Computing Speaker: Tom Malaher, NetStart Consulting Ltd. What is Cloud Computing? This talk will survey the landscape (cloudscape?), try to define cloud computing, where and how it can be used, and demo some live … [Read more…]

Cloud Computing Presentation

The presentation went well, the Elluminate software worked just fine. People reported good audio quality, and the features like “raise hand” and the chat window allowed for questions to be asked and answered during the presentation. The screen sharing seemed to behave as expected. I’ve made the presentation slides available for dowload: Cloud Computing Presentation … [Read more…]

Calgary Java Users Group presentation on Cloud Computing – March 11, 2009

I’ll be giving a presentation on Cloud Computing at the Calgary Java Users Group meeting on March 11, 2009 at 5pm MDT. What is Cloud Computing? Every vendor seems to define it differently. Last month’s CJUG speaker (Nikita Ivanov from GridGain) talked about how to more easily use cloud computing resources for grid computing. Of … [Read more…]

Password lockbox

With the advent of Sarbanes-Oxley, it seems everyone is hot to start changing their passwords on a regular basis. This is enough of a problem for people, but when systems need to use passwords to get things done automatically, it turns into a nightmare. I started putting together a specification for a password “lockbox” that … [Read more…]


QueryForm: a Swing-based Java tool for editing database tables. For those times when you just don’t want to write a CRUD interface or use raw SQL. DbVisualizer’s “Update where” and “Insert into” functionality is OK for one or two rows, but this tool lets you edit many rows almost painlessly. powered by performancing firefox


DbVisualizer: essential tool. I practically live in it. I have it open all day every day. I use it for ad-hoc reporting, quick updates, and to build up, debug and validate the queries I put into my software. It will connect to anything that has a JDBC driver. One of the features I’ve used is … [Read more…]